Mangla Dam gets close to its climax;

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Altaf Hamid Rao

Rises to 1232.40 feet against maximum of 1242.00 feet,

MIRPUR (AJK):    (Parliament Times)    Water level in country’s largest Saturday reached to close to its climax following the ongoing seasonal impounding of the reservoir, official sources said.

Following the swift storage of water, the rising trend of water level in the reservoir was witnessed as recorded 1232.40 feet on Saturday against the maximum conservation level 1242 feet with live storage of 6.604 MAF, official sources told our correspondent  here on Saturday.
The minimum operating water level in the dam is 1050 feet.

Following the advent of melting of snow at the upper reaches of the Himalayan state of Jammu & Kashmir, the water level in the reservoirs in the country including the largest – Mangla dam, located in Mirpur district of AJK, has started rising rapidly, authoritative official sources confirmed..

The inflows of water of Jhelum river at Mangla was reported on Saturday as 26700 cusecs with the outflows of 15000 cusecs from the Mangla reservoir, the sources said.

The overall position of the river inflows and outflows at Tarbela, Mangla and Chashma along with the reservoirs levels and the barrages on Saturday remained as under:-

Rivers: Indus at Tarbela: Inflows 188900 cusecs and Outflows 120000 cusecs, Kabul at Nowshera: Inflows 43500 cusecs and Outflows 43500 cusecs, Jhelum at Mangla: Inflows 26700 cusecs and Outflows 15000 cusecs, Chenab at Marala: Inflows 62900 cusecs and Outflows 31600 cusecs.

Barrages: Jinnah: Inflows 173400 cusecs and Outflows 165200 cusecs, Chashma: Inflows: 177400 cusecs and Outflows 175000 cusecs, Taunsa: Inflows 193400 cusecs and Outflows 170000 cusecs, Panjnad: Inflows 18700 cusecs and Outflows 6100 cusecs, Guddu: Inflows 147100 cusecs and Outflows 146100 cusecs, Sukkur: Inflows 114300cusecs and Outflows 87100 cusecs, Kotri: Inflows 52400 cusecs and Outflows 37300 cusecs.

Reservoirs (Level and Storage):
Tarbela: Minimum operating level 1392 feet, present level 1493.88 feet, maximum conservation level 1550 feet, live storage today 3.041 million acre feet (MAF).
Mangla: Minimum operating level 1050 feet, present level 1232.40 feet, maximum conservation level 1242 feet, live storage today 6.604 MAF.
Chashma: Minimum operating level 638.15 feet, present level 645.10 feet, maximum conservation level 649 feet, live storage today 0.128 MAF.

The inflows and outflows of River Indus at Tarbela, Jinnah and Chashma, River Kabul at Nowshera and River Jhelum at Mangla have been reflected as mean flows of 24 hours, whereas the other flows have been gauged at 6.00 a.m. on Saturday.